- Birthplace: Stratford, England
- Previous Clubs: Tottenham Hotspur (caretaker), Newcastle United, Birmingham
- Honours: Championship: 2010
2013/14 English Premier League Record
Hughton made his name as an assistant at Tottenham and Newcastle in over a decade of service before being given a full-time coaching role with the Toon and then moving to Birmingham and Norwich.
As a player, he was a tough full-back and made over 50 appearances for the Republic of Ireland. A Tottenham youth product, the majority of his time was spent in North London and he also played for West Ham and Brentford before hanging up his boots in 1993.
He moved almost immediately into management and became coach of the Under-21 side at White Hart Lane, before goiing on to the reserve team and then the first team. Under ten different managers, he was given responsibilities on the training pitch and even took full control of the club twice when asked to perform the caretaker role.
However, when Martin Jol was sacked in 2007 Hughton was released as well and joined Newcastle to take up the job of first-team coach and then assistant manager. The crisis around St James' was eased by the presence of Hughton, who took control between the reigns of Kevin Keegan, Joe Kinnear and Alan Shearer, and his stabilising influence was kept on when the club was relegated at the end of 2008-09.
Given the job for the 2009-10 season, Hughton brought the club together and sealed their place back in the Premier League at the first attempt. But just three-and-a-half months into the 2010-11 campaign, and despite having overseen an away victory at Arsenal and a Tyne-Wear derby hammering of Sunderland, he was sacked on December 6.
In June 2011, Hughton took over at Championship club Birmingham City, who had been relegated from the Premier League on the final day of the 2010-11 campaign. He led them through the group stages of the Europa League (for which they had qualified by winning the Carling Cup), narrowly missing out on a place in the knockout rounds, and the play-offs.
Despite a stirring fightback at St Andrew's, the Blues lost 3-2 to Blackpool on aggregate in the play-offs and, soon after the end of the season, Hughton was linked with the Norwich job made available by Paul Lambert's move to Aston Villa. Birmingham gave him permission to speak to the Canaries, who announced his appointment on June 7, 2012.
He helped keep Norwich up in his first season back in Premier League management, guiding the club to an 11th-placed finish.
Strengths: A great organiser and a manager who can get the best out of limited resources.
Weaknesses: Having worn the No. 2 shirt as a player, he has been criticised for being too good a No. 2 off the pitch as well -- not having the skills to be a major success in a lead role.
Career high: Leading Newcastle to promotion to the Premier League in 2009-10, winning the Championship with over 100 points. Newcastle were unbeaten at home all season.
Career low: His sacking at Newcastle was brutal and earned him widespread sympathy from around the football world.
Tactics: Likes to play 4-4-2 with a big striker alongside one with a bit of pace. Width is important from the full-backs and there is plenty of passion demanded.
Quotes: "It didn't shake my belief. I consider myself very lucky to be managing a wonderful club in Norwich. It's not a nice thing to happen to anybody but I don't think you can afford to have an ego in this game. Any manager has to do the job to the best of their abilities and you cannot allow other issues to get in the way." Chris Hughton ahead of his first return to Newcastle with Norwich in September 2012.
Trivia: Hughton was the first black footballer to represent the Republic of Ireland at international level.
Norwich City Squad
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